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Music This Week: April 22 - April 28

It’s the last week of classes at Pellissippi! You know what to do. This is a sampling of upcoming events in Knoxville, Maryville, and Oak Ridge. Other concertgoing tools: Facebook events (LINK), my Twitter lists (LINK), and the Do's and Don'ts of Concert Attendance (LINK).

Check back throughout the week because I constantly update the blog as I learn of events. All events without specific ticket information are FREE. Remember that some venues have an age restriction; I will post this info when I have it.

Monday, April 22

I will add events as I learn of them.

Tuesday, April 23

7:00 pm Maryville College: Orchestra and Community Chorus Spring Concert
The Orchestra at Maryville College, under the direction of Dr. Eric Simpson, and the Maryville College Community Chorus, under the direction of Alan Eleazer, will present a spring concert.
Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre, Clayton Center for the Arts (LINK) - 502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, 37804
TICKETS: $5 adults, seniors, and area students. Admission is free for MC students, faculty, and staff (although a printed ticket is required for admission). Clayton Center Box Office: 865-981-8590.

7:30 pm Baba Brinkman Rap Guide to Culture
Rap artist, writer, and theater performer Baba Brinkman has been wowing audiences for ten years with his imaginative and award-winning "Rap Guide to…" series, in which he takes ideas from science and philosophy and presents them in a unique platform: hip-hop.
University of Tennessee Student Union, 272 B/C - 1502 Cumberland Ave, 37996

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Ensemble event: Graduate Choral Conducting Recital
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Wednesday, April 24

12:00 pm The Q Series at The Emporium Center (LINK)
The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra presents the KSO Q Series at The Emporium Center for classical music Wednesdays! This concert features a one-hour performance by the Principal Quartet and Woodwind Quintet and tickets include lunch catered by Simon Hall Private Chef. Menu: Turkey avocado wrap with spinach, tomatoes, pickled red onions, ranch dressing; cucumber and radish salad with lemon and chives; spring lettuces; bow tie pasta salad; dessert
The Emporium Center (LINK) - 100 S Gay St, 37902
TICKETS: $18 in advance/$20 at the door.

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Graduate recital: Paul Foster, conducting
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Studio recital: Spring Violin Night
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Thursday, April 25

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Senior Recital: Anna Helms, jazz saxophone
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

7:00 pm Pellissippi State Community College: Spring Choral Concert
Showcase of Pellissippi State student choirs.
Clayton Performing Arts Center, Hardin Valley Campus - 10915 Hardin Valley Rd, 37932

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Ensemble event: VolOpera Program
A mini version of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro with the Chamber Orchestra conducted by Logan Campbell.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Friday, April 26

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Ensemble event: Graduate String Quartet Recital
A recital presented by the Synergy and Azra String Quartets.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

7:30 pm Live at Lucille's: Greg Tardy's NYC Trio (LINK)
Saxophonist Greg Tardy has called Knoxville home since 2010. Prior to that, he resided in New York City and worked with an impressive array of top shelf jazz artists including Elvin Jones, Tom Harrell, Dave Douglas, Andrew Hill, Bill Frisell, Wynton Marsalis and many more.
As a leader, Tardy has recorded more than a dozen albums for the famed Steeplechase label and his groups have headlined major festivals around the globe. His relationship with bassist Sean Conly and drummer Jaimeo Brown stretches back for more than a decade. The three have shared the stage at some of the jazz world's most hallowed venues, but this will be their Ktown (and PBS) debut.

East Tennessee PBS Studios - 1611 East Magnolia Avenue, 37917
TICKETS: $15 and up

Saturday, April 27

7:30 pm Oak Ridge Symphony: Chamber Delights & Dances (LINK)
The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra strings play a rousing finale to our 74th season! You’ll want to dance, so bring your dancing shoes. Maestro Allcott will have his! Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Karen Kartal and Principal Oboist Ayca Yayman are soloists for the evening. Join us for the season-ending reception to meet and greet the musicians…and maybe get a dance lesson from the Maestro!
First United Methodist Church of Oak Ridge (LINK) - 1350 Oak Ridge Turnpike, 37830
TICKETS: $25 adults, $10 young adults (19-29), FREE youth (18 and under)

Sunday, April 28

2:30 pm Knoxville Symphony Chamber Classics: Mozart in the City (LINK)
KSO’s last Chamber Classic concert of the season offers a range of beautiful performance for all listeners. The program is led under the baton of Aram Demirjian. Mozart’s “Symphony No. 36 (‘Linz’)” is followed later by Copland’s “Quiet City,” a mournful movement featuring musicians Claire Chenette and Philip Chase Hawkins. Claire Chenette joins KSO as a reigning member of the orchestra and graduate of a Bachelor of Arts degree in oboe performance from Oberlin Conservatory, and a Masters of Fine Arts in music performance from California Institute of the Arts. The performance also features Phillip Chase Hawkins, KSO member and recipient of a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. Both Chenette and Hawkins have been with the KSO as principal leaders of their instrument for five years.
Bijou Theatre (LINK) - 803 S Gay St, 37902
TICKETS: $12.50 and up. All students grades K-12 can attend this concert FREE with purchase of one adult ticket as part of the Penny4Arts program. Up to 3 students per adult ticket; some restrictions apply. Must redeem by visiting or calling the KSO Box Office at 865-291-3310 prior to the day of the concert (M-F, 9-5). Offer not available online or at the door. Questions: boxoffice@knoxvillesymphony.com.

7:30 pm Knoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra: Chamber Music Program Spring Recital (LINK)
The KSYO Chamber Music Program provides students with an opportunity to participate in a small ensemble with their peers, learn about and develop skills in rehearsing chamber music, receive regular coaching, and have performance opportunities organized by the KSYO.
Ebenezer United Methodist Church - 1001 Ebenezer Rd, 37923
TICKETS: $5 for adults, FREE students through grade 12.

Music This Week: April 8 - April 14

Y’all know the drill by now, right? This is a sampling of upcoming events in Knoxville, Maryville, and Oak Ridge. Other concertgoing tools: Facebook events (LINK), my Twitter lists (LINK), and the Do's and Don'ts of Concert Attendance (LINK).

Check back throughout the week because I constantly update the blog as I learn of events. All events without specific ticket information are FREE. Remember that some venues have an age restriction; I will post this info when I have it.

Monday, April 8

I will add events as I learn of them.

Tuesday, April 9

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Junior recital: Bernell Jones, saxophone
Performing the music of John Caltrane. It will be a compilation of music from the different eras of his life and playing styles.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

7:00 pm Maryville College: Student Repertoire Recital
A performance featuring Maryville College music majors.
Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, Clayton Center for the Arts (LINK) - 502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, 37804

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK): UT Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Concert Band
All UT Bands Concert.
James R. Cox Auditorium, Alumni Memorial Building - 1408 Middle Drive, 37996

Wednesday, April 10

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Senior recital: Will Hoover, percussion
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Thursday, April 11

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Senior recital: Carson Young, piano
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

7:00 pm Pellissippi State Community College: Spring Instrumental Concert
This concert showcases student ensembles at PSCC including brass ensemble, guitar ensemble, percussion ensemble, and studio orchestra.
Clayton Performing Arts Center, Hardin Valley Campus - 10915 Hardin Valley Rd, 37932

7:30 pm Knoxville Symphony: Beethoven's Ninth (LINK), Performance 1 of 2
This night, dedicated to one of Beethoven’s greatest works, features pieces that accompany “Symphony No. 9” under the direction of Aram Demirjian. The program features the Knoxville Choral Society and its 130 members to perform along with the orchestra, who bring excellence to the musical experience by combining enticing melodies with technical brilliance. Additional voices will join Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 from Webb School of Knoxville Chamber Singers. The evening ends with the prized work of Beethoven that is arguably his most esteemed and revered creation.
Tennessee Theatre (LINK) - 604 S Gay St, 37902

Friday, April 12

5:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Senior recital: Kevin Williams, jazz trumpet
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

7:30 pm Knoxville Symphony: Beethoven's Ninth (LINK), Performance 2 of 2
This night, dedicated to one of Beethoven’s greatest works, features pieces that accompany “Symphony No. 9” under the direction of Aram Demirjian. The program features the Knoxville Choral Society and its 130 members to perform along with the orchestra, who bring excellence to the musical experience by combining enticing melodies with technical brilliance. Additional voices will join Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 from Webb School of Knoxville Chamber Singers. The evening ends with the prized work of Beethoven that is arguably his most esteemed and revered creation.
Tennessee Theatre (LINK) - 604 S Gay St, 37902

8:00 pm UT Opera Theater (LINK): Bizet's Carmen, Performance 1 of 3
Don Jose is a soldier who falls madly in love with the title character. Her desire to be free leads him down a dark path.
Bijou Theatre (LINK) - 803 S Gay St, 37902
TICKETS: $20 for adults, $15 for Seniors (60+), and $5 for children under 18 and students with a valid student ID.

Rossini Festival - Saturday, April 13

The Rossini Festival International Street Fair has been designated a “legacy event” by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and serves as a celebration of the performing arts. The public enjoys 11 consecutive hours of live entertainment on several outdoor stages (opera, jazz, ethnic music, gospel, modern and ethnic dance, ballet, vocal and instrumental ensembles) and the YMCA FunZone, while shopping at exhibits of over 100 prominent Artisans and enjoying cuisine from dozens of food vendors. This unique event transforms downtown Knoxville into a European-style pedestrian street mall appropriate for the entire family. The Rossini Festival has entertained over 500,000 people from Knox County and the surrounding region in its first 17 years. As the Street Fair is offered free to the community, it is largely dependent upon sponsor support for its funding. More info: LINK

Saturday, April 13

12:00 pm Knoxville Jazz Youth Orchestra (KJYO) at the Rossini Festival (LINK)
Outdoor Stage - Downtown Knoxville - 803 South Gay Street, 37902

2:30 pm UT Opera Theater (LINK): Bizet's Carmen, Performance 2 of 3
Don Jose is a soldier who falls madly in love with the title character. Her desire to be free leads him down a dark path.
Bijou Theatre (LINK) - 803 S Gay St, 37902
TICKETS: $20 for adults, $15 for Seniors (60+), and $5 for children under 18 and students with a valid student ID.

7:30 pm Oak Ridge Chorus: Bach to Broadway (LINK)
Music, mingling and munching make for another perfect evening with the Oak Ridge Chorus! Enjoy music by J.S. Bach before you browse through the silent auction items to support ORCMA’s mission. Broadway music sets the stage for your bidding in the second intermission. Take home a treasure from this night to remember!
Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church (LINK) - 809 Oak Ridge Turnpike, 37830
TICKETS: Adults $25, Young Adults (19-29) $10, Youth (Under 18) FREE

Sunday, April 14

2:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Joint junior recital: Brent Davis and Peyton Shown, trombone
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

2:30 pm UT Opera Theater (LINK): Bizet's Carmen, Performance 3 of 3
Don Jose is a soldier who falls madly in love with the title character. Her desire to be free leads him down a dark path.
Bijou Theatre (LINK) - 803 S Gay St, 37902
TICKETS: $20 for adults, $15 for Seniors (60+), and $5 for children under 18 and students with a valid student ID.

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - UT Middle East Ensemble Spring Concert
Join UT students, faculty, and Knoxville community members for an evening of lively music and song from the diverse communities of the Middle east!
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Music This Week: March 18 - March 24

It’s Spring Break for almost everyone so there’s not much going on this week, but here’s what I could find in Knoxville and Maryville. Other concertgoing tools: Facebook events (LINK), my Twitter lists (LINK), and the Do's and Don'ts of Concert Attendance (LINK).

Check back throughout the week because I constantly update the blog as I learn of events. All events without specific ticket information are FREE. Remember that some venues have an age restriction; I will post this info when I have it.

Monday, March 18

12:05 pm Piano Recital: Danny Brian
Central United Methodist Church (LINK) - 201 3rd Ave, 37917

Tuesday, March 19

6:30 pm Marble City Opera: Downtown Knoxville Library Recital
Featuring Jacquie Brecheen, soprano.
Lawson McGhee Library - 500 W Church Ave, 37902

Wednesday, March 20

I will add events as I learn of them.

Big Ears Festival - March 21-24

An International Cultural Gathering - The Big Ears Festival is a dynamic, interactive experience that explores connections between musicians and artists, crossing all musical genres while interfacing with film, performance, and the visual arts.
See the complete line-up and buy tickets: http://bigearsfestival.com

Thursday, March 21

6:00 pm Maryville College - Senior Recital: Alex McCullough
A recital featuring Maryville College senior music education major Alex McCullough.
Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall, Clayton Center for the Arts (LINK) - 502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, 37804

Friday, March 22

I will add events as I learn of them.

Saturday, March 23

I will add events as I learn of them.

Sunday, March 24

2:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Ready For the World Music Series Bulgaria
Faculty and guest artist recital; music from a land of several ancient civilizations. The asymmetrical meters and haunting sonorities captivate audiences with their mystic qualities and profound expression, depicting nostalgia of village life in the bread-basket of Europe.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Junior recital: Joshua King, electric bass
Joshua King and company perform works by Joe Henderson, Chick Corea and more.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Senior recital: Tyler Hyers, piano
Featuring the music of Maurice Ravel, Keiichi Okabe, and much more.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Music This Week: March 4 - March 10

Get those concert reports done sooner rather than later. This is a sampling of upcoming events in Knoxville, Maryville, and Oak Ridge. Other concertgoing tools: Facebook events (LINK), my Twitter lists (LINK), and the Do's and Don'ts of Concert Attendance (LINK).

Check back throughout the week because I constantly update the blog as I learn of events. All events without specific ticket information are FREE. Remember that some venues have an age restriction; I will post this info when I have it.

Monday, March 4

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Junior recital: Angela Pinkham Varnon, soprano
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Graduate recital: Brad Summers, baritone
Brad Summers, baritone and Eileen Downey, piano will present a graduate recital for partial fulfillment of the degree Master of Music in Performance. Featuring Robert Schumann's Dichterliebe.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Tuesday, March 5

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Graduate recital: Scott Swanberg, double bass
Vanhal Double Bass Concerto
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

6:30 pm Marble City Opera (LINK): Downtown Knoxville Library Recital
Featuring Aubrey Odle, mezzo-soprano.
Lawson McGhee Library - 500 W Church Ave, 37902

7:00 pm Pellissippi State Community College: Honors Recital
An evening featuring student winners of the annual Honors Recital competition at PSCC.
Clayton Performing Arts Center - 10915 Hardin Valley Rd, 37932

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Guest artist recital: Asher Armstrong, piano
University of Toronto piano faculty member Asher Armstrong
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Wednesday, March 6

12:15 pm Maryville College Concert Choir: Choir Tour Send-Off
The traditional Choir Tour Send-Off will include a mini-concert, which is free and open to the public. The MC Concert Choir's annual choir tour will feature a Florida itinerary in 2019.
William Baxter Lee III Grand Foyer, Clayton Center for the Arts (LINK) - 502 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, 37804

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Senior recital: Jane Robertson, violin
Featuring selections from Mendelssohn and Mozart.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Thursday, March 7

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Joint junior recital: Nicolette Caswell, soprano and Kirstine Anderson, soprano
Featuring selections from Mendelssohn and Mozart.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

7:00 pm Spring String Spectacular
Featuring the entire Oak Ridge strings program from all schools: 4th grade schools, Robertsville Middle School 5th grade, Jefferson Middle School 8th grade, Oak Ridge High School Chamber Orchestra (representing Linden, Woodland, Glenwood, Willow Brook, RMS, JMS, and ORHS).
Oak Ridge High School Auditorium - 1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike, 37830

7:30 pm The Vienna Boys Choir
A cultural ambassador for Austria through its touring tradition, the Vienna Boys Choir has a rich and illustrious history (having worked with Mozart, Schubert, and Bruckner, among others).
The Episcopal Church of the Ascension (LINK) - 800 S Northshore Dr, 37919
TICKETS: $30 adults, $20 students. Tickets are available online or through the box office. Student ticket prices are available only through the box office. Please call 865-588-0589 and ask for Andrew Morehead for box office sales.

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Guest artist recital: Arthur Greene Plano, piano
Arthur Greene, Professor of Piano at the University of Michigan performs.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Friday, March 8

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Senior recital: Ellen Sudarshan, soprano
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Graduate recital: Hannah Marie Friend, soprano
Hannah Marie Friend presents exciting works by contemporary composer, Libby Larsen, selections of Joseph Marx, and more!
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

Saturday, March 9

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Ensemble event: UT Jazz Festival Concert
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

8:00 pm Knoxville Symphony Pops Series: Music of Pink Floyd (LINK)
From the creative minds that brought you tributes to Led Zeppelin, Queen, and Journey comes this homage to the rock genius of Pink Floyd. Timeless classics from Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall, and more featuring vocalist Randy Jackson and a dazzling light show. You’ll wish you were here…
Knoxville Civic Auditorium - 500 Howard Baker Ave, 37915
TICKETS: $10 and up

Sunday, March 10

2:30 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Young Pianist Series Piano Recital No. 3: Elliot Wuu
Praised for his “power, speed and finesse of artists twice his age” (Tribune Star), 18 year-old Elliot Wuu is a rising star in becoming an exceptional young artist. First Prize winner in the 2015 Hilton Head International Piano Competition for Young Artist and a Young Scholar alumnus of the Lang Lang International Music Foundation, Wuu has captured audiences with colorful tones, sensitive musicality and emotional depth in his music. Wuu is recently named a 2018 Gilmore Young Artist, one of the most prestigious award bestowed every two years to two young pianists up to 22 years old.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996
TICKETS: $25 adults, FREE for college students with valid student ID

6:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Guest artist recital: David Earl, tuba
David Earl, faculty member at Ithaca College, presents a short program of music for tuba and electronics followed by a public masterclass.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996

8:00 pm UT School of Music (LINK) - Piano Concert Extravaganza
Winners of top prizes at multiple international competitions, pianists Selene Wu and Katherine Benson perform two highlights from the piano concero literature: Beethoven's Concerto No. 4 and Tchaikovsky's Concerto No. 1.
Sandra G. Powell Recital Hall, Natalie Haslam Music Center - 1741 Volunteer Boulevard, 37996